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Manager, Comic Vision

Title: Manager, Comic Vision
Employment Terms: 12 month contract
Start Date: Late August / Early September 2017
Reporting Structure: Reports to the Director, Philanthropy, manages an external event consultant in Toronto and supports an external event consultant on the West Coast

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

While this position manages events nationwide, which will necessitate event management experience, the focus of the position is on fundraising.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience. Our events are managed by fundraising staff in house with logistics managed by external consultants.

Please specify your fundraising experience in your cover letter as it applies to this position.

We have great respect for event planners in the industry, however we are fully staffed in that regard.

Due to the nature of this position, travel and late nights are required. A valid driver’s license is a must. The incumbent will also have direct experience with Raiser’s Edge.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to amorrison@ffb.ca with “Manager, Comic Vision” in the subject line. While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we will only be contacting those selected for interviews.

THE FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS
The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the leading private supporter of vision research in Canada. Over the past 42 years, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has invested over $30 million in ground-breaking research that will ultimately be translated into new therapies and cures at hospitals and universities nation-wide. Our growing Major Gift and Annual Giving programs, pioneering Vision Quest education series and signature events across Canada like Comic Vision, Ride for Sight and Cycle for Sight, unite Canadians to support our commitment to advancing retinal research, education and public awareness. Since 1974, thanks to our supporters, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has funded 215 research grants resulting in over 700 discoveries, all supporting our goal of understanding why vision loss occurs, how it can be slowed or stopped, and how sight can be restored. Curing blindness is a monumental task that many of our researchers have made their life’s work. Our community of donors demonstrate unwavering support of our mission – changing lives by restoring hope and sight.

COMIC VISION
Travelling nationally with the Canada’s funniest people, Comic Vision invites guests to share the laughter and see the hope in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Over the past 19 years, we have seen the impact of a game-changing $9 million raised from Comic Vision. A night of FUN, this ain’t your average rubber chicken gala! Guests enjoy complimentary cocktails, delicious food, and a packed live and digital auction.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Manager, Comic Vision will oversee the management our Montreal event on November 2 and will support the Manager, West Coast Events to execute our Vancouver event on November 3. The Manager will also develop and execute three events in the Spring of 2018 (Toronto x2 and Oakville). Note that dates and cities are subject to change and new events may be added in consultation with the Manager.

A cumulative gross fundraising budget for all events is $700,000 which comprises of sponsorship (local and national), table and ticket sales, onsite fundraising (auctions, raffles, etc.), and donations. Securing in-kind support is essential in keeping expenses low.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Hold sole responsibility for the overall budget including the procurement of sponsorship (cash and in-kind), ticket sales, donations and onsite fundraising
  • Secure new and renewing local and national sponsors, event donors and ticket buyers through data mining and strategic outreach by creating unique and enticing sales packages
  • Management of key relationships with sponsors, donors and ticket buyers
  • Manage volunteer committees for each event, and identify potential new committee members
  • Provide excellent stewardship through timely tax receipting, thank you calls, and maintenance of accurate information in the database
  • Collect, procure and write all copy for silent and live auction items through existing relationships, volunteer committees, and cold calling
  • Meticulous management of donor pipelines, prospects, guest lists and seating plans
  • Implement innovative communications / promotional strategies including social media, e-communications, and targeted marketing
  • Recruitment of event day volunteers in tandem with other FFB staff
  • Ensure financial reconciliation and accurate forecasting in all areas of revenue and expenses
  • Work with FFB staff to identify and manage event Ambassadors and inspirational speakers
  • Effectively manage external consultants with regards to logistics, design, scripting, and the website

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Assistant, Events Administration

Job Type: Part-time, 1 year contract with possibility of extension (Sept. 12, 2017 – Sep. 12, 2018)

Hours per Week: 15

Compensation: $19 per hour

Have an impact with the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB):

With the support of our donors, the FFB has invested $30 million to support vision research across Canada. That’s over 200 research grants that have led to over 600 new discoveries in exciting areas of study that support our goal of understanding why vision loss occurs, how it can be slowed or stopped, and how sight can be restored.

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic, go-getter, who wants to make a difference by helping us with our three signature fundraising events that take place across the country – Comic Vision, Cycle for Sight and Ride for Sight.

If you’re hoping to have a true impact on people’s lives, then this opportunity might be for you!

Some of your tasks would include:

    • Responding to events inquiries (by phone, email and letter)
    • Aiding in the promotion of events via social media and printed materials
    • Assisting with lead-in events such as trade shows and launch parties
    • Tracking and maintaining inventory of merchandise, fundraising awards and event supplies
    • Organizing, packaging and shipping items to regional events as well as preparing invoices and packing slips
    • Doing data entry, donation processing and other administrative tasks
    • Soliciting and tracking in kind event donations
    • Sourcing quotes from event vendors
    • Compiling and submitting event permit applications
    • Helping with all pre-event preparation and providing event day support as required
    • Other duties as required

If you’ve got the below, you’ll be a perfect fit:

    • 2+ years experience in events, administration, program management, or customer service
    • Diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Event Planning, Project Management, Marketing, or Business Administration as asset
    • A valid Ontario “G” class driver’s license with a clean driving record
    • Strong communications, pleasant phone manners and etiquette
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills
    • Solid computer skills (proficiency in Microsoft Office)
    • Comfortable to learn and use database/software (Raiser’s Edge, Artez, Team Raiser, Mailchimp)
    • Able to work autonomously and as a member of a team in a fast-paced, high volume environment
    • Adhere to the AFP Fundraising Code of Ethics and the Donor Bill of Rights

Interested applicants should send their resume, with subject line “Events Administrative Assistant” to April Watts, National Event Manager at awatts@ffb.ca. We thank all interested applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Manager, Communications

Manager, Digital Communications

Posting Date: August 16, 2017; Deadline: September 8, 2017
Title: Manager, Communications
Employment Terms: permanent, full-time
Start Date: Immediately
Reporting Structure: Reports to the Director, Research & Education

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to msunderland@ffb.ca with “Manager, Digital Communications” in the subject line. While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we will only be contacting those selected for interviews. Please note the required qualifications.

THE FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is the leading private supporter of vision research in Canada. Over the past 43 years, the FFB has invested over $31 million in ground-breaking vision research nation-wide. Our growing Major Gift and Annual Giving programs, Vision Quest education series, and signature fundraising events including Comic Vision, Ride for Sight and Cycle for Sight, unite Canadians to drive the development of new treatments for blinding eye diseases. Thanks to our supporters, the FFB has funded 215 research grants resulting in over 700 discoveries, all supporting our goal of understanding why vision loss occurs, how it can be slowed or stopped, and how sight can be restored. Our community of donors demonstrate unwavering support of our mission – changing lives by restoring hope and sight.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Director, Research & Education, you will work across all departments and regularly consult with the senior management team to develop, implement, and continually assess the FFB’s strategic communications plan, responding proactively to successes and challenges with creative solutions. In this role, you will require exceptional written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. You will drive the FFB’s digital future while also developing campaigns with supporting print and web-based materials that connect with the FFB’s diverse stakeholders. We are seeking an accomplished communications professional with demonstrated experience implementing innovative digital campaigns.  The successful candidate will be a self-starter who is eloquent, creative, digitally savvy, efficient, flexible and able to manage multiple competing priorities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Collaborate across all FFB departments, including Research & Education, Events, and Philanthropy to ensure consistent messaging and brand integrity

  • Taking a “hands on” approach, lead the development, implementation and evaluation of a cohesive strategic communications plan to drive education, advocacy, engagement and fundraising success. Initiatives include, but are not limited to:
    • Digital strategy
    • WordPress-based website
    • Print and web-based materials
    • Monthly e-news strategy (e.g., oversee health of list, identify and monitor benchmarks, develop retargeting strategies, develop donation opportunities, etc.)
    • Social media (in consultation with staff who maintain various FFB accounts)

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience and demonstrated expertise in communications and digital strategies
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Strong outreach, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated expertise with WordPress
  • Demonstrated expertise with digital tools to drive and analyze online engagement, including MailChimp, SEO and SEM optimization, Google AdWords, Google Analytics (certificates an asset)
  • Demonstrated expertise with Microsoft’s Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience with design is an asset
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge is an asset
  • Experience in the non-profit sector is an asset

 

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